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Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take safety were real initially, but then he smelled the gunpowder. The stranger was just another customer like Scott, and Scott knew he had to do something for both their sakes.

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator Ronald Ramsey, Re. Pam Dickerson, Sheriff Ezell Brown, and Commissioner Lanier Sims.

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day period recently.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut its doors. The HVAC unit was beyond repair, and the air in the library would be too hot and humid for its many guests and its many books.

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include services such as legal counsel, engineering, and appraising.

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p.m.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Covington resident Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday.

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Car fire on I-20 westbound near Hwy 138

A vehicle caught fire around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 westbound just before the exit for Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton BOC confirms county manager

Covington-Newton County has a new interim county manager as of Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Harry Owens to the position.

June 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington Citizens Academy holds graduation

Covington-The Covington Citizens Academy graduated its second class in front of the Mayor and City Council Monday night.

June 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Man found drowned at Factory Shoals

A man whose family reported him missing Saturday afternoon was found drowned at Factory Shoals Park.

Check Wednesday's edition for more on this story.

June 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches summer driving safety initiative

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is launching traffic initiatives this summer aimed at keeping motorists in Newton safe. 100 Days of Summer Heat will stretch from May 17 through Labor Day. Click It or Ticket will last May 24 through June 6.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Up the creek

Waterlogged: A head-on collision ended with four people in the hospital and one vehicle in a creek Friday afternoon. The accident between a pickup truck carrying one person and a van with three occupants took place on Oak Hill Road around 1 p.m. The van flipped over the guardrail and landed in a creek, partially submerged. All involved sustained non-life threatening injuries.

May 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kenneth K. Davis retires after 38 years of service on the Newton County Board of Health

Kenneth K. Davis, a man well-known in the Covington and Newton County community as a long-time, respected and versatile pharmacist, recently retired from his 38 year position on the seven member Newton County Board of Health. Always an active and devoted member, for many of those years Davis served as the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Board.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Don and Sherry Smith Named conservationist’s of the year

Don and Sherry Smith have been named Newton County's Conservationists of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district's annual program for their achievements in soil and water conservation on the farm.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deadline approaching for direct and counter Cyclical Payments Program enrollment

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Georgia Farm Service Agency, reminds farmers of the approaching deadline to enroll eligible farms into the 2010 Direct and Counter Cyclical Payments Program or DCP. To enroll, contracts must be recorded in the applicable County FSA Office by June 1, 2010, and all persons sharing in the payments generated from the contract must have signed the contract by the deadline or the contract cannot be approved.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free tuition grants available for Natural Resources Camp at ABAC

Twenty tuition grants will be available to high school students who want to participate in the 49th Annual Natural Resources Conservation Workshop on June 13-17 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. These tuition grants are for rising 10th – 12th grade students from Georgia. The deadline for applications for the grants is June 4.

May 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organic experience

Nicolas Donck is a business owner, but he wouldn't mind if his competition increased tenfold. In fact, he'd probably help those competitors get started.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fixing up the old school

Time for a fix-up: Peachtree Construction Services President Tom Smithdeal, Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan and project engineer Michael Clark stand in front of the Newborn Community Center after signing a contract to begin renovations.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Infantryman glad to be alive this Memorial Day

It has been almost four months since a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan nearly made Staff Sgt. Marty Brownlee someone remembered on Memorial Day rather than someone observing it.

Brownlee's National Guard unit had been assigned to a desolate border outpost in November 2009. On Feb. 10 Brownlee and his comrades were relaxing in their bunks watching a movie after an all-day training session with the Afghan National Police. He had just hung up with his wife, Autumn, when a large explosion blew the metal door of the barracks into tiny missiles mixed with dirt, concrete and glass.

May 30, 2010 | By Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Railroad not being abandoned; service being discontinued

Norfolk Southern is no longer in the process of abandoning its 14.9 mile portion of rail line running from Porterdale to Newborn, but has instead applied to discontinue service, said Director of Public Relations Susan Terpay.

"The rules around abandoning and discontinuing are different … If we apply for discontinuance we may not have to maintain it [the line], however, the tracks stay there. If we resume service we can still use it. If we abandon it we will have forfeited all opportunity to use the tracks," she said in a phone interview.

May 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowell Rd. McDonalds robbed at gunpoint

Authorities are searching for the two men who robbed the McDonalds on Crowell Road Friday morning.

May 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Troopers prepare for busy Memorial Weekend

The 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period begins this Friday evening and the Georgia State Patrol will be watching for impaired drivers and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash. The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends Memorial Day.

May 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Raceway gas station a total loss

The Raceway gas station is being called a total loss after fire raced through the walls and roof of the building Wednesday morning.

May 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local farming better for health, environment

Local agriculture experts say until Americans are willing to spend more money, they'll have to continue to make do with less healthy and less flavorful food and small to medium locally owned farms will continue to vanish.

May 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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